Tooth decay occurs faster in children than in adults, so it is vital to establish a healthy tooth brushing routine for your child as early as possible.
The most obvious way to prevent decay and gum disease is through regular and thorough brushing. Brushing your teeth is an important step to good oral and overall health, especially for children, whose teeth and bones are still developing.
You should start brushing when the first tooth erupts. Baby teeth usually appear at around six months, and all baby teeth should be visible by two years of age. Your child's first adult teeth appear behind the baby teeth at about six, and the first baby teeth will start to fall out around the same time.
Use a soft-bristled brush with a tiny amount of children's toothpaste - a dot the size of a grain of rice (or a thin smear) is all you need. There are baby&toddler toothpastes available which are suitable for the 0-3 age group. Gently but thoroughly brush on the inside and outside of each of your child's teeth, as well as the tongue (to dislodge bacteria that can cause bad breath). You can let your child brush their own teeth first, but you should again brush after they've finished, making sure all teeth are thoroughly cleaned. A good tip is to cradle your child's head and brush their teeth from behind – it may help you to reach the top and bottom rows more effectively.
Your child should brush his/her teeth twice a day. The morning brush can be done before or after breakfast (however preferably after), but tooth brushing should always be the last thing a child does before bed. This also helps them develop a routine – brushing teeth becomes associated with bedtime.
ROSENEATH KIDS' tips:
- Let your child watch you brush your teeth from an early age and brush your own teeth alongside them.
- Buy colourful, fun-looking brushes. Most first children's toothbrushes are character-themed
- From about age 4 they can start to use electric toothbrushes
- Replace the toothbrush as soon as the bristles start to look worn
- Spend at least 2 or 3 minutes brushing
At ROSENEATH KIDS we have a whole range of toothpastes and toothbrushes available, suitable for different age groups.